Fylde’s Hardy living the dream

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AFC Fylde star James Hardy admits he has enjoyed a dream week.

The young midfielder marked his first call up to the England C side with a brace of assists in the Three Lions’ 2-1 victory in Estonia a week ago.

Then just four days later, Hardy turned in a man-of-the-match display as the Coasters demolished Boston United 9-2 in the National League North.

Hardy enjoyed his best game yet against the Pilgrims, setting up four goals and scoring one to keep Fylde four points clear of Chorley.

The former Manchester City man had been challenged by his manager to add more goals to his game, but Hardy admits he is just as happy laying them on.

“It has been a very good week for me personally. I really enjoyed going away with England and then to come back and be involved in such a huge win was fantastic.

“Going one behind early in the game kicked us into gear and then the second half was about being professional and not becoming complacent. We kept our shape and overall it was a very good day.

“I enjoy creating chances and providing assists just as much a scoring. I like to help the team however I can but obviously it was nice to get my name on the scoresheet too.”

Manager Dave Challinor was delighted that his side coped well with the adverse weather conditions and Hardy believes his side had their best spell when the weather turned.

“I thought we actually played some of our best football when the hailstone started.

“It did become a little bit difficult because the ball slowed down and it became quite slippery, but we dealt with it very well and that bodes well going into the winter months.”